Hampshire continued their preparations for the start of the 2004 season with the visit of Warwickshire to the Rose Bowl today.

In between the showers, Hampshire batted first in a 50 overs match, played under championship conditions.

The heroes of the truncated match the previous day at Hove, Derek Kenway and Michael Brown both made starts, but fell in quick succession. James Hamblin was then bowled without scoring.

Will Kendall and Lawrence Prittipaul restored the innings as both achieved half centuries. Kendall finished on 57 not out, hitting 10 fours, and Prittipaul 7 fours in his 59 not out. Hampshire's innings closed on 158 for 3 after their allotted 50 overs.

Alan Mullally dismissed Mark Wagh with the score on 10, but Nick Knight and Ian Bell held on till the close. Knight a patient innings of 29, and Bell a more belligerent 63 not out. At the close Warwickshire were 106 for 1 after 33 overs.

The practise continues on Thursday with Warwickshire, with the captains deciding the format of the contest in the morning.